Volume 16, Number 13 -- April 7, 2016
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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web

(IT Jungle) Just because IBM sold off its X86 server business does not mean X86 servers are no longer relevant to Power Systems customers. As far as we can tell, Big Blue's exit from this business has had no measurable impact on the use of X86 iron at IBM i shops. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) Most IBM midrange shops are running packaged ERP software and quite a few have customized them to get what they really want. Until it's time to upgrade, that is. Software upgrades, even when the software is not customized, can be a pain in the patootie. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) When Oracle dropped support for IBM i with its MySQL database five years ago, it slammed the door shut on a promising path to rejuvenate the IBM i ecosystem with open source applications. But soon that door will re-open via MariaDB, a fork of MySQL that is a drop-in replacement for Oracle's open database. READ MORE >


(IT Jungle) The boiling pot that is IBM's workforce reduction plan continues to spill over and let off steam. After a report was released last month from the financial analyst firm Bernstein estimated 14,000 IBM workers would be losing their jobs, the reaction was explosive. Last week, on the Watching IBM website, survey results from a fraction of IBM workers added some context to what's happening. READ MORE >


(COMMON Power News) Power Systems hardware sales are on the rise, largely due to the great price/performance of the new POWER8 models, says Stan Staszak, director of Power Systems Solutions for Sirius Computer Solutions. Server upgrades are the primarily reason . . . but Staszak also says there are net new installs. READ MORE >


(InformationWeek) Who says big data technologies will wipe out relational database management systems? That's not how the future is shaping up. Peaceful coexistence is turning out to be the norm, as the two technologies prove to be complementary, not exclusive. READ MORE >


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Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources

(Muskegon Community College) This YouTube presentation provides an overview of IBM i online curriculum at the college and the goal of bringing new skills and talent to the IBM i community. Char Parker, faculty member at MCC, discusses the importance of the IBM i skills modernization, mentoring and advocacy, industry certifications, and provides an overview of courses offered in an online format and available to anyone with an internet connection. READ MORE >

(IBM Academic Initiative) IBM i and Power Systems skills can be found at this Academic Initiative website that lists colleges and technical schools graduating students with the training and education for entry-level jobs. It includes a list of schools with IBM i curriculum and a job board for employers and potential employees. READ MORE >

(IBM) SQL Procedures, Triggers, and Functions on DB2 for i is an updated version of one of the most popular IBM i Redbooks of the past nine years. It includes chapters on data-centric programming, SQL Persistent Stored Modules, and IBM i and DB2 for i Services. READ MORE >

(System i Developer) The IBM iAdvocate Resource repository provides IBM i professionals with data and presentation materials that can be used to communicate the strengths of IBM i as a business application platform to their colleagues and management. It includes a "25 Years of IBM i Innovation" presentation with a companion white paper, plus SAP benchmark results and cost/benefit research. READ MORE >

(IT Jungle) This repository of technical tips and advice related to application and database development, system administration, and more comes from many of brightest minds in the IBM i community including Ted Holt, Mike Sansoterra, Aaron Bartell, Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, Paul Tuohy, and others. This is a free resource--no registration necessary--and it's Google searchable. READ MORE >



Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings

April 5 -- Webinar - This online session covers secure and cost effective ways to connect data and the people who need it, without adding another server and database to your network. It focuses on writing quick, ad hoc queries that output to Excel, Access, Word, PDF, CSV, and TXT; develop complex reports; build multidimensional data models; and design Web reports with charts and drill-down hyperlinks. The presentation, hosted by New Generation Software, begins at 11 a.m. LEARN MORE >


April 11-13 -- Framingham, Massachusetts - The Northeast IBM i User Group Conference features more than 70 educational sessions including topics such as: RPG, Ruby on Rails, RDi/RSE, Linux, SQL and the database, systems management and performance, Web development and mobile computing, security, disaster recovery and business continuity. The assembly of top speakers includes: The Four Hundred Guru editor Ted Holt, Jon Paris, Susan Gantner, Alan Seiden, Pete Massiello, Aaron Bartell, and others. The event also includes a vendor expo. The user groups of the Northeast come from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. LEARN MORE >


April 12-14 - Atlanta, Georgia -- IBMTechU Comes to You includes more than 100 technical sessions on topics pertaining to Power Systems, z Systems, and storage. IBM product and industry experts will be presenting hands-on labs, demos and workshops. Fourteen sessions of IBM i-specific training are available at this conference, but will not be offered as this event moves on to San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, and Austin. LEARN MORE >


April 14 -- Webinar - The skills for managing SQL statement performance will be discussed in this online session presented by DB2 for i expert Tom McKinley, a member of the IBM database team. Topics to be covered include the fundamental pieces that make up SQL performance, open data paths, and the coding practices and considerations that can help improve SQL performance. The session begins at noon Central Time. It's free to all COMMON members and members of local user groups that have COMMON memberships and those who work for companies with COMMON corporate memberships. LEARN MORE >


April 14 -- St. Louis, Missouri - Network Deployment and DB2 Enhancements associated with the new IBM i 7.3 will be featured in this remote presentation by IBM i development team members at the regular monthly meeting of the Gateway/400 Group, a System i user group serving the greater St. Louis area. Details of this presentation won't be announced until the i 7.3 official announcement a few days before this meeting. The meeting location is Spazio's restaurant at 12031 Lackland Road. RSVP no later than Monday before the meeting date. The presentation is available via a remote hookup for those who cannot attend. LEARN MORE >


April 14 -- Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - Assessing RPG, COBOL and CA 2E (Synon) applications and improving business outcomes through better legacy IT management or focused modernization projects will be the discussion topics at the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association. Guest speaker is Raymond Everhart, a senior IBM i analyst at Fresche Legacy. Everhart will be presenting two sessions: one on database access and the other on model view controller programming. In between is dinner and networking with the members. This meeting takes place at Mo's Irish Pub located at 10842 West Bluemound Road. LEARN MORE >


April 19 - Webcast - IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will and IBM i Champion Pete Massiello discuss what's new in IBM i 7.3, the latest version of the operating system. Topics of discussion include conducting accurate analysis of data with new advanced query capabilities; forecasting, defining gaps and building new strategies for business; and enhancing security management. The session begins at 11 a.m. Central Time. Although the presentation is hosted by COMMON, it is available to all IBM i professionals. COMMON membership is not required. LEARN MORE >


April 19 -- Schaumburg, Illinois - IBM i Chief Architect Steve Will is the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the OMNI User Group. Will's appearance coincides with the announcement of the latest release of IBM i, which is being referred to as iNext until it is released as i 7.3. Expect Will to discuss the new features and functionality and the benefits that will lure IBM i shops to upgrade when 7.3 becomes available. He'll also cover trends and directions in the marketplace, the IBM i Roadmap, and key technologies that are supported by i. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. with registration and networking, followed by dinner at 6, and the presentation at 7. It will take place at IBM's offices located at 10 North Martingale Road. LEARN MORE >


April 19 -- Costa Mesa, California - Discoveries of WebSockets, IBM i, and Watson will be revealed at the regular monthly meeting of the OCEAN User Group. This remote presentation by IBM i Champion Aaron Bartell will include calling on Watson from IBM i using Node.js, how WebSockets work to communicate from browser to IBM i and from IBM i to Watson, and how the Node.js socket.io library makes it simple to do WebSockets. Dinner and networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6:30. The meeting place is National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


April 19 -- Coppell, Texas - All the newest and best features of RPG will be on the agenda during the monthly meeting of the Metro Midrange Systems Association, a user group for the Dallas and Fort Worth metro areas. Guest speaker Barbara Morris, the lead developer for the RPG compilers in the IBM Toronto Lab, will be doing this presentation remotely. Morris will be explaining the details of topics such as free-form H, F, D, and P specs; new options for XML-INTO that support even more types of XML documents; more support for ALIAS fields in files; and easier to use data structures with I/O opcodes. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 and Morris' presentation at 6:45. MMSA meetings are held at the IBM Innovation Center located at 1177 South Belt Line Road. LEARN MORE >


April 19 -- St. Eden Prairie, Minnesota - Richard Dolewski, a subject matter expert specializing in business resiliency, will be discussing new technologies that support virtualization, agility, and resiliency at the monthly meeting of QUSER, the local user group for IBM midrange professionals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The presentation will include insights and advice for transitioning from a traditional non-virtualized data center to a secure internally hosted private cloud. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. at the offices of HelpSystems located at 6455 City West Parkway. LEARN MORE >


April 19 -- Nashville, Tennessee - Scott Forstie, the DB2 for i Business Architect, will be reviewing the announcement of a new release of the IBM i operating system during this meeting of the Tennessee IBM Mid-Range User Group. The meeting will be held at Shoney's located at 2645 McGavock Pike. It begins at 5:30 p.m. LEARN MORE >


April 20 -- North Attleboro, Massachusetts - A discussion about DB2 for i, including SQL routines, triggers, functions and procedures will highlight the monthly meeting of the New England Midrange Users Group. Guest speaker is Tom McKinley, a member of the IBM Lab Services Consulting team. The meeting is held at the Ambrosia Tavern located at 116 Elm Street. LEARN MORE >


April 20 -- Westbury, New York - The Long Island Systems Users Group monthly meeting will include two presentations by IBM i PHP expert Mike Pavlak. At 5 p.m., Pavlak will discuss popular tweaks, hacks and just plain good practices the for IBM i PHP community. At 7 p.m., he will explore several examples of how PHP scripts can use the Open Source Toolkit to access RPG business logic. In between the PHP sessions is time for networking, cocktails, and dinner. LISUG meetings are held at the Westbury Manor located at 1100 Jericho Turnpike. LEARN MORE >


April 21 -- Southfield, Michigan - An introduction to IBM cloud hosting will be presented at the regularly scheduled local user group meeting of the Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group. Guest speaker is Guy Cunningham, manager of customer relationships with Connectria--a large IBM i managed service provider. He will be making a remote presentation and the local user group will not be having an on-site meeting. Information about how to join the online presentation is available on the SEIMUG website. The session begins at 6 p.m. LEARN MORE >


April 23 -- Costa Mesa, California - A Node.js Boot Camp introduction for RPG programmers will be presented by IBM i open source expert Aaron Bartell in a multiple-session, one-day combination of lectures and hands-on lab instruction. Topics on the agenda include a new skill as "job insurance," how to obtain and install Node.js, and how Node.js talks to RPG and DB2. OCEAN user group members can register for $50. The cost for non-members is $75. The training takes place at National University located at 3390 Harbor Boulevard. LEARN MORE >


May 15-18 -- New Orleans, Louisiana - The 2016 COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition is the largest IBM i educational event of the year. It includes in-depth sessions related to IBM i, as well as AIX and Linux. The agenda includes all-day pre-conference workshops, open labs, and a variety of regular-length sessions. The complete session guide is available online. LEARN MORE >


May 25 & 26 -- Markham, Ontario, Canada - The Toronto User Group will host its annual Technical Education Conference. The lineup of educational sessions includes IBM i and RPG application development, performance management, Web and mobile development, modernization, accessing and optimizing data, and system management. The event will be held at the SAVOY Conference Centre in the Monte Carlo Inn located at 7255 Warden Avenue. Early registration discounts are available until April 30. LEARN MORE >


June 1-3 -- Austin, Texas - A new IBM i-centric event called i Cathalon will take a modernization focus for organizations planning on transforming legacy assets into web, mobile, cloud, and digital content. Backend and front-end architecture, APIs, services, DevOps, and workflow topics are all on the agenda. The event is hosted by CM First Group. An early registration fee discount for one attendee is $149. The discounted fee for a four-person team is $399. LEARN MORE >


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